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UTSA Police Department awarded international accreditation for professional standards


From the UTSA Police Department are (from left) Capt. Daniel Kiley, Gene Garcia (administrative associate), Chief Steve Barrera, Lt. Robert Hudson and Assistant Chief Dan Pena with the IACLEA accreditation certificate. (Photo by Patrick R. Dunn)

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(Oct. 4, 2010)--The UTSA Police Department has received accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). A rare achievement, UTSA now has dual professional accreditation. In 2008, the police department received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

"We are very proud of our police department and their continuing display of professionalism and excellence," said Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs. "Of the 14 UT System police departments, only three are dually accredited by IACLEA and CALEA -- UTSA, UT Austin and the UT Health Science Center at Houston."

"Please join me in congratulating Police Chief Steve Barrera and the men and women of the UTSA Police Department for achieving IACLEA accreditation," said Mike Tacker, UT System interim police chief. "This accreditation recognizes the highest professional standards for campus law enforcement and protective services in fulfilling our mission to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors to UT System institutions."

IACLEA standards include issues that relate specifically to college campuses such as maintenance and operation of an emergency notification system. The standards set by IACLEA promote professionalism in performing the duties of a police officer and enhance the overall safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The CALEA award is a prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. Many CALEA standards are geared toward community policing, which aid in better relationships between police and the community. CALEA standards pertain to all police organizations including municipal, county, state and university departments. Issues addressed include arrest, search-and-seizure and pursuit procedures.

Encompassing police agency best practices, IACLEA and CALEA accreditation benefits include:

  • Professional benchmarks for measuring polices and practices
  • Demonstrated high quality of services
  • Documented procedures that give clear guidance to staff
  • Enhanced recruitment and retention of qualified staff
  • Staff members trained and functioning according to established policies and procedures
  • Boost to institutional pride and employee morale
  • Periodic professional review of operations, administration and services




Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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